Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher


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Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher (July 3, 1908 – June 22, 1992) was a preeminent American food writer. She was also a founder of the Napa Valley Wine Library. She wrote some 27 books, including a translation of The Physiology of Taste by Brillat-Savarin. Two volumes of her journals and correspondence came out shortly before her death in 1992. Her first book, Serve it Forth, was published in 1937. Her ... more »

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  • ''Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.''
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. culinary writer. "A Is for Dining Alone," An Alphabet for Gourmets (1949).
  • ... gastronomical perfection can be reached in these combinations: one person dining alone, usually upon a couch or a hill side; two people, of no matter what sex or age, dining in a good restaurant; ...
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. author and food expert. An Alphabet for Gourmets, "From A to Z" chapter (1949).
  • ''[Bachelors'] approach to gastronomy is basically sexual, since few of them under seventy-nine will bother to produce a good meal unless it is for a pretty woman.''
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. author and food expert. An Alphabet for Gourmets, "B is for Bachelors" chapter (1949).
  • ''... ostentatious dining has little dignity about it, although the combination is possible.''
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. author and food expert. An Alphabet for Gourmets, "O is for Ostentation" chapter (1949).
  • ''The things men come to eat when they are alone are, I suppose, not much stranger than the men themselves.... A writer years ago told me of living for five months on hen mash.''
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. author and food expert. An Alphabet for Gourmets, "M is for Monastic" chapter (1949).
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